New 2020 BMW X5 xDrive45e To Boast 50 Miles Of Electric Range


The plug-in hybrid SUV can cover up to 50 miles (80 kilometers) without sipping gasoline.

It was early June when BMW introduced the next-generation X5 and already the company is ready to electrify its midsize SUV. Developed as a direct replacement for the old xDrive40e, the new plug-in hybrid version goes by the name of xDrive45e to reflect the improvements it offers over its predecessor. It boasts a new hybrid powertrain developed from the ground up to please both worlds by offering superior power and better efficiency at the same time.

At the heart of the electrified X5 is an inline-six 3.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine developing 282 horsepower (210 kilowatts) working together with an electric setup with an output of 110 hp (82 kW). With the power of the two combined, the new xDrive45e offers a generous total output of 389 hp (290 kW) and a massive 443 pound-feet (600 Newton-meters) of torque. For the sake of comparison, the old one had to make do with a total of 308 hp (230 kW) and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm).

The good news continue as aside from packing significantly more punch, the new plug-in hybrid X5 also has a much more generous electric range, with BMW saying it can do up to 50 miles (80 kilometers) thanks to a better lithium-ion battery pack. According to the company, the value is based on the newly introduced WLTP test cycle but translated back into the NEDC-equivalent value. As a refresher, the defunct X5 xDrive40e was NEDC-rated at just 19 miles (31 kilometers).

Although developed with efficiency in mind, the electrified X5 is no slouch – 0 to 62 mph (100 kph) takes 5.6 seconds, which is more than one second less than the model it replaces. Not only that, but top speed in pure electric mode has gone up from 75 mph (120 kph) to 87 mph (140 kph). If you’re only after efficiency and a diesel is not your cup of tea (or not available in your country), this can be a viable solution as BMW says it will sip just 2.1 liters / 100 km, with equivalent CO2 emissions of 49 g/km.

Even the base version comes with two-axle air suspension and electronically controlled dampers, while the more expensive ones get four-wheel steering. The only downside of this version is the cargo volume, which is reduced by 150 liters compared to the conventionally powered model. With all the seats in place, you have 500 liters at your disposal, and 1,716 liters once the rear backrests are folded.

Although revealed today, the new BMW X5 xDrive45e won’t be going on sale until sometime next year. It’s important to mention all specs refer to the European model, with details about the U.S.-spec version to be announced closer to the market launch set for 2020 as a 2021MY.

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Awesome. Basically the range of the Gen 1 Volt in an SUV body. Can you get it with the off-road package?

Well, it’s not quite as powerful in all-electric mode… Yet pretty impressive, compared to BMW’s previous PHEV offerings. This one can actually make a meaningful difference.

This is a good modest update.
But, what concerns me, is these cars are heavy. These are the cars that need a Carbon-Fiber body.

And this solution is good for the BMW loyalist who won’t drive anything but BMW.
But, at these prices, everyone else has to start looking at a Tesla Model S, AWD, even the Performance version. The price difference is so low and Tesla interiors have really jumped up lately.

Is anyone seriously going to spend this kind of money and not get the advantages of a full electric solution? Also, age starts to creep into the equation. A new lease holds off the electric experience for 3 more years. I don’t no, if I’m in my 60’s and it’s this or a Tesla, the Tesla has to win. You never know when your ticket gets punched.

This would have been world changing in 2010.
This would have been leadership in 2010.
The fact that the German government had to mandate this…

And it won’t be available till Fall 2020???

The X5 is a large SUV, the Model s is a sedan… They’re two totally different market segments so the idea that people should be looking at the S rather than the X5 is a bit laughable. The Model X maybe, but it really depends on what you want from a vehicle.

If this was an article about a new 530e then your comparison would make a bit more sense.

And while I agree, carbon fibre would reduce the weight a fair chunk it would also add a significant amount to the cost. A move to aluminium would probably make more sense from a cost/weight perspective.

The competitor for the Model X is more the X6 than the X5.

BMW doesn’t make minivans.

Will the battery pack have the same dimensions, allowing refits of 40es with the new pack Incase of original part failure?

Spectacular specs for a 5000lb SAV. Also interior quality and luxury is impressive. Just look at the small details such as the seat leather design in the photo gallery…

You outed yourself as a BMW fan by calling this vehicle an “SAV”. Sport Activity Vehicle, a term coined by BMW and used by them only. Do you work for BMW?

This seems a nice upgrade to the existing model, on that sells in very slim numbers compared to it’s gas and diesel only BMW siblings. With the confusing translation of EV range from WL

…From WLPT back to the outdated and revised NEDC.

The title of this article is deceiving and need be changed. Read the bold type in the paragraph. It plainly states BMW is using the 50 miles range and gas efficiency claims “translated to the equivalent NEDC equivalent value”

So not 50 miles, but more like 30 miles tops.

Is this worth getting excited about? Especially when these cars sell in tiny numbers compared to the gas equivalent models? And get ready for a hefty pricetag.

Even if it’s “only” 30 miles tops, that’s still near the top of the pack for PHEVs if not the leader. That’s nothing to sneeze at, especially with charging opportunities between trips. One could easily not use gas during the week at all on 30 miles.

You’re excited about waiting until late 2021 for a $65,000 very limited production PHEV with a 30 mile EV range?

When put in that perspective, do you see how wrong it is to exude enthusiasm?

BMW is bringing up the rear. Praising them for it is like that parent who brags on their kid for his trophy won for “participation”. It’s time to get real.

Nope. You outed yourself as having limited knowledge. BMW has been calling these things SAVs in their TV commercials from the beginning.

The “beginning”? As in the beginning of time? The beginning of the SUV age? Germans were late to the SUV party and American Ford Explorers and Chevy Tahoes sold millions before the Germans saw the money. Then, they geared up with abandon as the luxury German boys now build every size of tall station wagon imaginable. To BMW’s credit, they still build more efficient, smarter sport wagons. Euros still bought them. But the SUV disease spread across the world from the USA. The profits were just too easy and plentiful. Station wagons are a vehicle category killed in the U.S. market decades back. Just like the minivan, savvy marketers convinced insecure young parents that a minivan was the outward sign to the world that you were a soccer mom destined to never have sex again, as long as you live. Thus, the “SPORT” on Sport Utility was thrust upon humanity. It made automakers drunk with cash. At first, U.S. companies just welded boxes on their midsize and large pickup truck chassis and called the resulting gas pig a family mover. As gas prices soared, they went unibody and tacked the wagon body on their Camry and compact sized platforms. It… Read more »

Nice to see some progress on German PHEVs. They’ve all been stuck below 50 km NEDC for years, maybe this will inspire some competition finally!

Will someone please translate the 2.1 liter / 100 km into an MPG figure? I’m a product of american public schools and they didn’t teach us that in new math. 😉

Hard to say because the precision is only 1, but it would be about 110-112 MPGe.

We have calculators online now for direct conversion 😉
WLTP cycle may be around 20% more optimistic than EPA, though it varies a lot.

But the problem is this NEDC or WLTP fuel consumption is given both for electric and gas mode, lumped together. The percentage of gas (charge sustaining) vs electric (charge depleting) mode is defined by “utility factor”, and it depends on electric range. For 80 km it should be around 85%. So this 2.1 liter / 100 km may be 15% of actual gas consumption after battery is depleted (charge sustaining mode).

Anyway, if you are interested in saving every last penny, BMW may be not your car, as lease payment premium may be much higher than any fuel economy.

This electric range is really encouraging.

People often don’t seem to realize that for many drivers (who mainly do shorter drives, of less than 50 miles), these plug-in hybrids can displace the majority of a car’s oil consumption, and therefore be almost as good in terms of displacing oil demand as adding another BEV to the road.

Arguably even better since it’s possible to create several of these with the battery resources of one BEV.

Exactly! Well said.

I’m a little confused by this statement: “the value is based on the newly introduced WLTP test cycle but translated back into the NEDC-equivalent value”.

So 50 miles NEDC would translate into about 35miles EPA rating?

Let’s hope the on board charger is improved to at least 6-7kw

Does it really matter that much for a PHEV?…

Yes, if you drive 40 miles a day and plan on using the battery all the time.

Absolutely. It’s the difference between coming home and having a full battery within two hours and thus in time for another trip or not.

I can’t imagine that they wouldn’t and being a BMW, wireless charging will certainly be at least an option too.

How can we not know how many kWh are in the pack?

Speculation is 14kWh

Would that not be too small for the range they get?

EPA range will be about 30 miles.

Looks good on paper, but the current generation X5 eDrive is one of the most infuriating cars to try to drive efficiently due to all the gas-guzzling default settings and button pushing. I hope they improved that, but BMW being BMW, I doubt they did…

Well, the range and power suggest that they might be more serious about all-electric driving now — so maybe they fixed the settings too?…

I currently drive the new Panamera e-hybrid and my wife drives a Volvo XC90 T8 hybrid. The biggest difference in pure electric mode is the electric motor performance. The Panamera’s electric motor is strong enough to accelerate at a good pace and drive on the highway. The Volvo is very slow accelerating and almost impossible to drive at highway speeds without the gas engine kicking on.

The X5 above has a similar electric hp rating as the Volvo so I’m worried it will suffer from the same problem. These big heavy plug in hybrids need the appropriate electric power to match.

Well, they *claim* 140 km/h in all-electric mode; so at least theoretically it should be fine for most highway usage…

We will have to see but this at least signifies progress towards a proper compelling PHEV and hopefully this puts pressure on GM and others to up their game and start making more PHEVs body styles like CUVs/SUVs/even Trucks.

Yelp, you can put a skateboard battery under a Traverse with rear electric motor and dual motors up front

Right. I want a 210kW electric motor and a 80 kW fuel engine.

This already exists, it’s the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. Just have to get over it’s minuvan form factor. But it’s acceleration is beautiful.

Ugh, minivan, its.

Wow!!! 50 miles of range!!! These Germans are amazing. Are they going to cheat on this one too?

About time a manufacturer stepped up to the plate with a hybrid with a reasonable EV only mileage.

Yeah, they talked a lot about this car at work. Most drive hybrids, or electric at work. Some of the hybrid drivers have just enough juice to get too and from work, but have not enough time to charge during dinner, to be able to drive electric when they drive the kids to sports or other activities.
Hybrids with this range may be good enough to only fire up the ICE on longer trips.
For me, I would have to fill the tank 2-3 times a year. . If the BMW was a passenger van.

Don’t the i3 does that with 97 miles range

There are to few seats in the i3 to fit all the family members, so I have a minibus (a diesel passenger van) for trips where all need to go, and/or I need plenty of luggage space. I could fit luggage with the same volume as the i3 in the passenger vans luggage area with no problem.
Fuel costs are rubbish, and handling wice. . It’s a van. So a good hybrid or electric van can not come quick enough.
It does not need improved handling, looks or stuff like that. Does not have to be fast, og have a high top speed. Just a range I can live with, and a price I want to pay.

Baby steps by das Germans

BMW has actually been one of the more innovative of the Germans on the EV front.

Arguably this should have been the first version. Any possibility for DCFC akin to the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV?

All things considered, this is nothing more than a BMW marketing exercise.

Bitte Gott put in a charger more powerful than a toaster oven so it doesn’t tie up a public charger for 4 hours!!!!

Don’t worry, it’s not a Volt.

That’s good. But why not in a sedan and not an ugly suv

They also have a sedan the 530e.

Sedens don’t sale here in the states

If they can price it like the 530e (i.e. the same price as the otherwise equivalent ICE), they won’t be able to keep it in stock.

These hybrids are competitive with the diesel variants. So slightly higher than the petrol version but reduced operating costs.

Until the warranty expires. Then on the second hand market they’ll sell for pennies on the dollar.

See UK Government, 50 pure electric miles in a hybrid is easy, in 2020. You do not need to be frightened that car companies will not be able to do this by 2040!
(Believe it or not, the UK Government has started to row back on a previous pledge to ban (sales of new) hybrids that could not do 50 miles, from/after 2040).